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3 German Things That Aren’t So Efficient Posted by on Sep 26, 2018

Guten Tag! We often talk about Germans being ultra-efficient. In fact, one of the first things that comes to people’s minds when asked to describe Germans is usually a comment about their effizient (efficient) nature. So is there anything about German life and culture that’s actually… not so efficient? Here are three things that may…

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Sayings + Expressions 18: Life Posted by on Sep 6, 2018

In the long-standing series Sayings + Expressions, we look at Ausdrücke (expressions) and Sprichwörter (sayings) in German. There are some really crazy ones, so have a look at the other posts at this link. Today, we are looking at das Leben. What other Thema (theme) inspires so many weise (wise) things to say than life itself? As always, let’s dive right in with the Sprichwort first! Das…

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German Phrases For Special Occasions Posted by on Nov 27, 2017

Guten Tag! As the festive season is upon us, we’ll all be wishing each other a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or other seasonal greetings. There are so many special events in life, and certain phrases that are fitting for them. We all know that Merry Christmas is Frohe Weihnachten in German, but what about ways…

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German Emergency Services pt2 Posted by on Jan 28, 2017

Guten Tag! Welcome to the second part of my posts on calling the emergency services in Germany or Austria. In the first post, we looked at how to call the police, and the things you might say. We also looked at how to ask for help from the public. That post is here. This time…

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“Stufen” von Hermann Hesse Posted by on Dec 31, 2013

Hallo liebe Leute! Ich hoffe, ihr ihr seid gut am ende 2013 angekommen.  In honor of the New Year, I would like to share with you one of my favorite poems. It is called “Stufen” and it was written by Hermann Hesse in 1941. You may be familiar with Hesse’s novels Siddhartha or Steppenwolf (the…

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School life in Germany: The former German Democratic Republic Posted by on Apr 10, 2012

How do German students spend their days in school? Of course, they attend classes, sit tests, and prepare for their graduation. But how does this exactly look like? Although schooling is more or less a worldwide operation I have recognized that there are still significant differences between countries. For example, in France the satus quo…

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